Russians indicted for hacking Democrats in 2016 U.S. presidential election

Russians indicted for hacking Democrats in 2016 U.S. presidential election

The US justice department has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking the Democratic National Committee in the 2016 election.

The hacking was of the DNC, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, including its chairman, John Podesta.

"There is no allegation that the conspiracy altered the vote count or changed any election result", Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a prepared statement at a press conference.

Deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has announced new indictments in the special counsel probe of Trump campaign ties to Russian Federation.

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The indictment is the latest to come out of the ongoing - and politically explosive - investigation into Russian election meddling and the possible involvement of members of the presidential campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump. Rosenstein said he briefed Mr. Trump on the indictment earlier this week.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's inquiry is looking into alleged Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 election. "One of those defendants, and a twelfth Russian officer, are charged with conspiring to infiltrate computers of organizations responsible for administering elections, including state boards of election, secretaries of state, and companies that supply software and other technology used to administer elections". "Free and fair elections are hard-fought and contentious and there will always be adversaries who work to exacerbate domestic differences and try to confuse, divide and conquer us".

He has been a frequent target of the commander-in-chief, who has consistently attacked Mueller's investigation as "fake news", "a hoax" and "witch hunt" cooked up by Democrats as an excuse for Clinton's election defeat.

Wondering whether Trump will have the courage to challenge Putin & say Putin is full of it when he denies that his government had any role in the hacks during the 2016 campaign. Trump and Putin are scheduled to hold talks Monday in Finland, a meeting largely sought by Trump.

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